Understanding Physical Detox

Addiction can happen with many different types of substances. Each of these substances has a different physical effect on the body, including the physical detox that you experience when you quit using the substance.

When you enter a luxury rehab center to help break your addiction, the first part of your treatment will concern breaking the physical addiction. Knowing what to expect can help you get through the process much easier.

Alcohol Detox

Physical withdrawal from alcohol can occur within hours of stopping. Individuals may experience anxiety, insomnia, and stomach upset. The peak of the physical withdrawal is at around 72 hours or three days. By the end of the first week, physical withdrawal is over. With counseling and support, most people can overcome any future cravings for the substance.

Sleeping Pills or Barbiturates (Depressives) Detox

Physical withdrawal for barbiturates can occur the first night that you are not taking the pills. You may experience anxiety and insomnia for the first couple of days. Some people experience delayed withdrawal from these medications and do not experience the first withdrawal symptoms for over a week. Support therapies after the initial physical detox will help prevent relapse.

Benzodiazepines Detox

Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be difficult during the first week. Depending on the strength and frequency of the pills being used, the withdrawal process can last up to two weeks. The first few days can be the hardest. Individuals may suffer from anxiety, retching, weight loss, and cramping. May also experience insomnia and inability to concentrate until the physical addiction is over. Once the physical withdrawal is over, most people quickly respond to therapy and enter into sobriety.

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Marijuana Detox

Marijuana withdrawal is usually associated with headaches, loss of appetite, and mood swings. The physical withdrawal is generally over within three days. Cravings may continue for up to two weeks. However, when the body starts stabilizing THC levels and producing THC on its own, the cravings will disappear.

Hallucinogenic Detox

It can take several days for the effects of hallucinogens to wear off in the body. Some people may experience a quick withdrawal period, while others may take up to a week. Most people experience sweating, headaches, and body aches during withdrawal. Once the body can start producing regular levels of dopamine again, these symptoms wear off. Hallucinogenic drugs can trigger “flashbacks” several months after stopping use. Therapy and support sessions can help prevent these episodes from causing a relapse.

Heroin/Opiates Detox

Depending on the type of opiate being used (Fentanyl, morphine, etc), withdrawal symptoms can start to occur within hours of not using the substance. Individuals can experience muscle pain, anxiety, stomachaches, vomiting, and insomnia. Severe addictions may have more withdrawal symptoms. Cravings for opiates can last for six months after last use. Some people will experience agitation for this length of time. Medications, therapy, and support systems can all help reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Cocaine/Stimulants Detox

Withdrawal can occur as soon as a few hours after use. People will experience lethargy, sleepiness, and headaches. Most people can overcome the physical detox within a few days of quitting. However, the mental addiction to these drugs can last for several months. Therapy and support are necessary to keep from relapsing and using these drugs again.

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Luxury Rehab Centers Can Help

Withdrawal symptoms may seem scary at first, but the outcome of being substance-free is well worth the effort.

You should never try to put yourself in withdrawal alone. Taking advantage of an addiction recovery center can help significantly reduce the discomfort of physical withdrawal. Your substance abuse counselor will take all the necessary steps to make this process as easy as possible for you.

When you are in rehab, you will also receive treatment for any other coexisting conditions that may be contributing to or a result of your addiction. You will learn how to function without the substance in your life, and you will prepare for a life of sobriety.

Addiction can happen to anyone. Overcoming addiction can happen to anyone as well. Knowing what to expect during withdrawal and working with a quality drug rehab center can make the transition from dependence to sobriety much easier for anyone. Take advantage of these programs and regain control of your life again. Being sober is always the best choice.

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